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... beds, nice kitchen etc (though they do charge for all the little extras - computer, leaving your bag).
I say I walked around NN, but it was mainly counting bridal parties who were doing photoshoots down by the Volga or on a green patch on a hill overlooking the city.
In the evening, I asked the hostel owner (I assume he was the owner as he just sat around watching the tv and ordering other people to do stuff all day) if he fancied watching a film. ...
... together and the fact we had a common language. They are from Italy, Spain and Algeria .
The city I am in now, is the 5th largest one in Russia, with 1.25 million people. It is along the river Wolga, my first impression: very beautiful.
Had not a chance yet to make pic at daylight, looks nice at night too.
... in the festivities, we sat down at a large, modern restaurant for sushi. Not very good. It was then time to figure out what all the buzz was about. I swam through the sea of Russians, catching glimpses of areas set up for various demonstrations and exhibitions. One area was set up for gymnastics, another for weightlifting, and yet another for traditional dancing. There were mats laid out where wrestling and Sambo (Russian mma) tournaments ...
... we started to interact with the locals. Apparently the two lower bunks and the berth next door were full of a family traveling. Suddenly we were surrounded by four kids wanting to play cards. Jamie played while I snapped pictures. By far the coolest kid was obviously the one with the Gravedigger T-shirt. After a couple hours it got pretty old, eventually everyone went to sleep and we were riding the Transib in peace.
Overnight Train to ...
... ring of medieval churches around the old market square.
More recently, during WW II, the front line actually stopped at Novgorod for 2.5 years! At the start of the war there were 30 000 residents of the town but by the end only 139.
She also gave us her own opinion about the Crimea situation. Her English was excellent and she said she got lots of updates from BBC, NBC, etc, so was appalled at the bias in the media ...